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Girls basketball: Irish split road games

The Rosemount girls basketball team came away with a split from a pair of South Suburban Conference road games last week.

The Irish shot just 37 percent from the field last Tuesday at Burnsville, but found a way to come away with a 56-51 win. Thirty percent shooting wasn’t enough to get it done three days later at Lakeville North and the ninth-ranked Panthers never trailed in a 58-39 final.

Hannah Grim, who recently became the school’s all-time leading scorer, finished with 18 points against Burnsville. Kalley McMenomy was right behind with 15 points and eight rebounds and Liz Evenocheck did a little bit of everything, scoring 11 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and snagging four steals.

“Burnsville did a great job of forcing us to play fast and get us out of rhythm on offense by trapping us all over the place,” Rosemount coach Chris Orr said. “In the end we were able to make just enough plays down the stretch to secure the win.”

North turned up the heat defensively on Friday and the Irish didn’t have an answer. They scored just 13 points in the first half and fell behind by as many as 27.

“We were never really in it from the get go. It was one of those games where we didn't play very smart and we didn't play together at times,” Orr said. “We need to use this as a learning situation and grow from it. Lakeville North did a great job of sharing the basketball and playing as a team and just took it to us.”

Grim led the team with seven points. McMenomy and Ellie Vraa added six apiece.

The Irish (6-7) traveled to Apple Valley Tuesday and are back home tonight against Mound-Westonka.